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Homeland Security & Public Safety

With a district bordering Canada, Brian is a recognized leader on matters related to the US-Canadian relationship.  In his roles as Co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, Co-chair of Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Brian seeks out opportunities to build our binational relationship, fighting for adequate staffing and systems to allow for the efficient flow of goods and people across the border.   

Brian works to build safer neighborhoods through his support of the federal fire grant program, the Justice in Policing Act and common sense legislation to reduce gun violence including universal background checks. 

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Nov 15, 2012 Press Release

Representatives Brian Higgins, Kathy Hochul, Louise Slaughter and Tom Reed remained steadfast in their united fight for new flight safety rules following the crash of Flight 3407 in 2009.  Today the Western New York Congressmembers are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act with urgency and maintain nothing but the strongest standards as the Administration works to advance new rules for pilot training.  

Oct 3, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (NY-26) commended the Department of Transportation (DOT) upon learning that Xtra Airways, a carrier operating flights for Direct Air, has been fined $300,000 in response to flight cancellations resulting from Direct Air’s sudden closure. 

Sep 24, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to put the brakes on long-term maintenance of the Buffalo Skyway while alternatives are reviewed.  Specifically, Higgins is requesting the DOT refrain from including expensive Skyway rehab on the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects list. 

Sep 20, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the House Floor to raise awareness among his colleagues about the consequences of failing to make adequate investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

Sep 14, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins announced Chautauqua County’s Jamestown Airport has been awarded $199,131 in federal funding through the United States Department of Transportation.  

Jul 23, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to detail infrastructure improvements underway along Union Road (Route 277) in West Seneca.  

Jul 19, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins announced that Dunkirk Airport has been awarded $2.4 million in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the third phase of its runway expansion project. 

Jul 10, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins took to the House Floor to call out House Republican leadership on their failure to take real action to grow the American economy and create American jobs. Higgins criticized a hypocritical debt ceiling crisis, unwise austerity measures and pathetically low levels of investment in American infrastructure as impediments to economic recovery.